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Public libraries perform unique and critical roles in their communities. These roles evolve and change with the needs of the people they serve, and they often include economic development, adult and early childhood literacy, support for government programs and more. In response to local funding pressures and the changing needs of their users, public libraries work with OCLC to automate back-office activities, improve services for users and increase the impact of public libraries as a whole.

Photo from Norfolk Public Library in Virginia, United States of America, showing the large multi-touch displays

Bring local history to life

Norfolk Public Library houses some of the most advanced technological tools in any library. To display local history archives, the library uses a dynamic digital photo repository and high-definition, multi-touch displays that excite library users of all ages.

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